Breaking the Mold

Learning to be who God made me to be

Why Menu-planning Matters — August 29, 2014

Why Menu-planning Matters

I don’t know how long I’ll be able to use moving as an excuse but…I have been neglecting meal-planning. I mean we have food in the pantry and fridge, but come dinner time I have no idea what I’m making and it’s terrible. I used to do really well with meal-planning. We were saving money,  I knew what I was making each night and in general we were eating healthier because we weren’t opting for the easy out.

Way too many photos of eating here on my phone...
Way too many photos of eating here on my phone…
My boys' favorite veggie!
My boys’ favorite veggie!

My favorite site to help me meal-plan is Saymmm.com. It is FREE first of all. Secondly, I love that I can upload my own recipes, browse through theirs or link up to all those lovely Pinterest recipes that I’ve been saving but always forget I have. I cannot say enough great things about this website. I can plan out ahead for as many or as few days as I like. Hit “create list” and it pulls all the ingredients from those days and puts it onto a shopping list. I can then go through and edit the list based on what I already have in my pantry/fridge. BAM! I can also add other items that aren’t directly related to dinner, like toilet paper or cereal. It even combines similar ingredients so I don’t have to do figure out how many pounds of chicken I actually need.  THEN it breaks the list down into categories so I’m not wandering back and forth trying to find everything while keeping my sanity and my 1 year-old and 3 year-old content.

The double cart: a blessing and a curse.
The double cart: a blessing and a curse.

When I meal-plan, my day goes better. I don’t have this cloud of impending chaos over my day.  I use my “free-time” more effectively because I know that there is at least ONE thing that I will get done today. Even if the laundry is piled high and the boys are a “bit” on the wild side, come dinner time, momma’s got it handled.

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Even the baby loved this one!

What about you? Do you meal-plan? Are you successful or have you given up on the chaos of dinner? What are your secrets for successful meal-planning? Tell me!

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When Facebook Becomes a Mirror — August 26, 2014

When Facebook Becomes a Mirror

James 1: 23-25 NLT 

For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.


I have begun to slowly withdraw myself from the world of Facebook and it is hard. Why is it so hard? I have been using FB since my senior year of HS 8 years ago and it was never this hard to just go without. I guess 8 years is long enough for something to become ingrained in your routine. But I started to notice that in my down-time all I was doing was checking FB. I had to remove it from my phone because I would sit on the couch checking for that little blue indicator instead of getting down on the floor and playing with my boys.

As I was reading through a book I read something that struck me as so significant that I now eschew checking FB at all except when my boys are napping or in bed. The author made the comment that while it was hard not to update FB, who really needs to know or even cares about the minutia of my day? Sure people will “like” my status about what I finally decided to make for dinner (A post about why meal planning matters HERE). But how does that really make their day any better?

Furthermore I realized I was becoming like the person in James 1. Facebook was my mirror and the instant I walked away from it, I’d forget what I looked like and would have to go check it again. I would share and like all the “God is Awesome”, “Like this if you love Jesus” posts but what was I doing? Was I reading my Bible during nap time? No. Was I praying for my friends and family? No. Was I pouring myself into someone’s life or investing time to make my house a home? No. I was checking my reflection because in the 10 minutes I walked away someone may have liked or commented on my status. I was a listener/”liker” of The Word but I was not a doer.

I still use FB, but in a much different way. I’m limiting my posts and even my pictures. I use it for communication if no other source is available. I’ve quit all games and have limited the number of groups to ones that are relevant and that I actually use on a regular basis. Furthermore, I am making the effort to check FB at most twice a day. I have been doing this for almost a week now and I already feel a difference in my home.

I want to hear God speaking to me again and I know that the only way to really turn up the volume on God is to turn down the volume on my notifications.

What is FB to you?

Currently — August 25, 2014

Currently

Thinking about:  We just moved from an 1800 sqft townhome to a 900 sqft single-family. Pros and cons to that. Mostly I’m thinking about how on earth I am going to down-size 50% of our old house so we can still have room to be in our new home? Also, where did all this junk come from? We only have 2 kids!!!

Reading: I just read through Revelations because I had watched the What’s in the Bible: God’s Kingdom Comes with my boys and I wanted to read it for my self. That is a pretty weird book ya’ll, but you need to read it! And then watch the dvd because it explains it all.

Listening to: Silence. I have 2 boys so the house is rarely quiet except when I manage to get a coinciding nap time.So when that happens, I enjoy the silence.

Thankful for: Our new home! My husband and I moved 700 miles away from everyone when I was pregnant with our first child. After 4 years and a job change we’re not any closer to family but we are within 5 minutes of the most amazing church family ever!

Photographing: Mostly the boys doing what they do, sometimes the house in desperate attempts to gain decorating insight from my friends that are more inclined towards that area (read HERE about my Pinterest experiences).

 

Thanks all for stopping by!

I am Made New —

I am Made New

If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us….So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5: 13-14, 16-17 NLT (emphasis mine)


Have you seen all the DIY, refashion this piece of junk into something beautiful, trendy and functional how-to’s on Pinterest? Not much of a decorator or housekeeper? There’s a pin for that. Love fashion but can’t afford it? There’s a pin for that. Want to learn how to ________, travel the world, keep your toddler busy for the 5 minutes you’re in the shower or have the best homemade-but-taste-like-a-restaurant-while-planned-a-month-in-advance-meals-family-every-night? There’s a pin for that too.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest. I’m on it almost everyday, but I had to change the way that I used it. I used to see all the pins my friends had and I would think,

Wow! They’re such a good mom! Look at all those neat projects and activities that they’ve probably done with their kids/spouse/friend. Why am I not doing all these things with my kids/spouse/friend?

I started to play the comparison game with everything. My home, my cooking, my kids, my spouse, my car and even my pets! But then I had a good friend start talking to me about living with less, minimalism,  And then we moved in a short amount of time. And all of those comparisons got packed up in boxes along with our stuff.

We are in a new home and I have decided that I will have a new attitude about who I am; who God has made me to be. He has made me new. Not by human standards but by His. I think we need to not only stop evaluating others from a human perspective but ourselves as well. God has chosen me. He has made me and I am His creation. He has broken the mold, but He is not finished.

When have you had a “made-new” epiphany? A renewing of your mind?